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Possessions Planning Manager

  • Location: Birmingham, Birmingham, England
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 12 days ago

  • Sector: Infrastructure
  • Contact: Tristan Walker
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: +441483467294
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 13 August 2021
  • Job Ref: 1036798
NRL are currently recruiting for a Possessions Planning Manager for work supporting an engineering consultancy on a major rail project out of their Birmingham office. This is a contract position.

About the role:
  • Develop the strategy for possessions across CS2 and 3 that incorporate both on railway and off railway activities.
  • Planning and effective coordination and resolution of issues for the tasks and projects under your control, where necessary initiating corrective actions
  • Co-ordination of the different elements of the project to time, cost and budget and within the agreed governance
  • Co-ordination of the plans within the railway industry
  • Represent EWR at Industry Planning Meetings
  • Develop possession schedule and ensure applications are made based on the programme to reduce risk, cost and liabilities
  • Ensure that safe systems of in place
  • Management of associated risks and issues arising from the activity
  • Undertake applications and associated processes as required
  • Establish and maintain appropriate, professional and pro-active working relationship with supplier’s project management team
  • Take responsibility of your own and others’ health and safety by adopting and working to the EWR Co Health and Safety principles.
  • Co-operate with EWR Co in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times.
  • Act as a role model for EWR Co’s vision and values, behaving in ways that are aligned with EWR Co’s Ways of Working, as well as encouraging and supporting others to do so too.
  • Promote diversity in the workplace and adopt appropriate behaviour when interacting with colleagues
The successful candidate will be;
  • A compelling, convincing and articulate communicator, who uses written and oral communications to inspire as well as convey succinct and clear messages
  • Demonstrably fair, open and honest, with a strong moral compass
  • Unswerving in your attempts to seek the best value to the public purse
  • A self-starter who excels in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • A persuasive possession manager, able to take stakeholders on a journey to help achieve their aims
  • Comfortable in a politically influenced environment where strategic change may frequently lead to a new approach and a sudden reworking of previous efforts.
  • Intrinsically flexible and relaxed in a role which grows and changes as the project develops, doing whatever is necessary to deliver the desired outcomes
  • Motivated by helpfully challenging your peers, and being challenged by peers, to achieve better outcomes
  • A problem solver who is excited by resolving issues at pace
  • Well versed in, and at ease with, all the basics of strategic possession management – including the control of cost, schedule and risk
  • Proficient in using your analytical skills to develop and deploy incisive mitigations
  • A passionate supporter of innovation and improvement, who is always searching for better ways to deliver
  • Captivated by the opportunity to lead disruptive change to the UK infrastructure sector
  • Motivated to develop and grow professionally as a project leader and/or specialist
  • A strong enthusiast of a paradigm shift in working practices and project reporting, using technology to empower honesty and accuracy and drive successful delivery and productivity change
  • Driven to lead a step change in how documentation is used, and how bureaucracy can be drastically cut to aid delivery certainty.
What you will need:

  • Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills (essential)
  • Confident, succinct and inspiring communication (essential)
  • Adept at balancing competing needs and pressures to achieve strategic aims (essential)
  • At ease with, and having an appetite for, technological change (desirable)
  • A proven successful deployer of innovation and change in a project environment (highly desirable)
  • Degree qualified in an appropriate business discipline or an experiential equivalent (desirable)
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional body (desirable)
  • Railway operations experience (desirable)
  • Knowledge of the rule book, group standards and other documentation relating to Possession Planning (desirable)
  • A deep understanding of risk and change management and control (desirable)
  • Good knowledge of possession planning and delivery within and outside of the railway network. (essential)
  • Good Knowledge of Schedule 4 Regime (desirable)
  • A good understanding of railway long term possession planning and engineering statements (essential)
  • A good understanding of continuous improvement methodologies and ideas (highly desirable)
  • Knowledge of change on a live railway and its operational complexities (desirable)
  • Knowledge of project management and construction activities (highly desirable)
  • Broad experience of working for a complex, safety focused and regulated organisation with multiple complex interfaces, and delivering to time budget and quality (essential)
  • Experience leading and/or participating in continuous improvement/innovation deployment in an engineering/construction environment (essential)
  • Sufficient seniority and credibility to be able to advise other members of the team on wider projects in relation to the programme. (essential)
What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Stable contract duration
  • Opportunity to support another major railway project in the UK